[MCOH-EH] [EXTERNAL] Survey: COVID Vaccine administration/15 minute observation period

Giovannetti, Mary MGiovannetti at srhs.com
Sun Jan 3 15:00:59 PST 2021

We follow the 15 minute waiting period. It is an on your honor system though. The employees keep their own time and leave when 15 minutes is up.

Mary C Giovannetti, DNP, APRN, FNP
Manager/Nurse Practitioner| Employee Health
Physician's Center, 100 East Wood St., Suite 204 | Spartanburg, SC 29303
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [MCOH-EH] Survey: COVID Vaccine administration/15 minute observation period

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I’ve heard from our operations people that our immunization administration through-put  has been throttled by the 15 minute observation time.

Specifically,  the rate limiting step is clearing space for those who are being observed post-administration for that 15 minute period.

Please respond to the following,  and I will report back aggregate results:

  1.  We follow the 15 minute wait time for all who are vaccinated
  2.  We stratify need to be observed by risk of having a reaction, or someone with underlying medical conditions that might result in a more serious acute reaction
  3.  We have eliminated the waiting period.
  4.  Other solutions or comments:

Thanks for taking the time.

Ed Galaid

Edward I. Galaid, MD, MPH, FACOEM


Medical Director, Occupational Medicine

Roper Saint Francis Healthcare

Charleston, SC 29401

Member, ACOEM Task Group on Law Enforcement Officer Health

Special Expert, NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health (FIX-AAA) Committee



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